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Celebrating Black History Month, The Black History Moment Series #17: The Black Panther Party For Self-Defense.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Throughout the month Of February, TheObamaCrat™ will post a daily series called The Black History Moment Series. Each day for 28 days of this historic month you will be given the food of Black History to satisfy your hunger for knowledge. 

 

Celebrating Black History Month: The Black History Moment Series #17: The Black Panther Party For Self-Defense.

 

The Black Panther Party or BPP (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a black revolutionary socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international notoriety through its involvement in the Black Power movement and U.S. politics of the 1960s and 1970s.

 

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Founded in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of black neighborhoods from police brutality. The leaders of the organization espoused socialist and Marxist doctrines; however, the Party’s early black nationalist reputation attracted a diverse membership. The Black Panther Party’s objectives and philosophy expanded and evolved rapidly during the party’s existence, making ideological consensus within the party difficult to achieve, and causing some prominent members to openly disagree with the views of the leaders.

 

The organization’s official newspaper, The Black Panther, was first circulated in 1967. Also that year, the Black Panther Party marched on the California State Capitol in Sacramento in protest of a selective ban on weapons. By 1968, the party had expanded into many cities throughout the United States, among them, BaltimoreBostonChicagoClevelandDallasDenverDetroit,Kansas CityLos AngelesNewarkNew OrleansNew York CityOmahaPhiladelphiaPittsburgh,San DiegoSan FranciscoSeattle and Washington, D.C.

 

 

Black Panther Party
Black Panther Party logo
Leader Huey P. Newton
Founded 1966
Dissolved 1982
Ideology Black nationalism(early)

Maoism
Anti-capitalism
Anti-fascism
Anti-imperialism
Marxism–Leninism
Revolutionary socialism
Anti-racism
Anti-Zionism

Political position Far-left
International affiliation AlgeriaCubaFrance
Colors Black, light blue, green
Politics of the United States
Political parties
Elections

 

 

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Peak membership was near 10,000 by 1969, and their newspaper, under the editorial leadership of Eldridge Cleaver, had a circulation of 250,000. The group created a Ten-Point Program, a document that called for “Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice and Peace”, as well as exemption from conscription for black men, among other demands. With the Ten-Point program, “What We Want, What We Believe”, the Black Panther Party expressed its economic and political grievances.

 

Gaining national prominence, the Black Panther Party became an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s. Ultimately, the Panthers condemned black nationalism as “black racism” and became more focused on socialism without racial exclusivity. They instituted a variety of community social programs designed to alleviate poverty, improve health among inner city black communities, and soften the Party’s public image. The Black Panther Party’s most widely known programs were its armed citizens’ patrols to evaluate behavior of police officers and its Free Breakfast for Children program. However, the group’s political goals were often overshadowed by the supposed criminality of members and their confrontational, militant, and violent tactics against police.

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,” and he supervised an extensive program (COINTELPRO) of surveillanceinfiltrationperjurypolice harassment and many other tactics designed to undermine Panther leadership, incriminate party members and drain the organization of resources and manpower. Through these tactics, Hoover hoped to diminish the Party’s threat to the general power structure of the U.S., or even maintain its influence as a strong undercurrent. Angela DavisWard Churchill, and others have alleged that federal, state and local law enforcement officials went to great lengths to discredit and destroy the organization, including assassination.

 

Black Panther Party membership reached a peak of 10,000 by early 1969, then suffered a series of contractions due to legal troubles, incarcerations, internal splits, expulsions and defections. Popular support for the Party declined further after reports appeared detailing the group’s involvement in illegal activities such as drug dealing and extortion schemes directed against Oakland merchants. By 1972 most Panther activity centered on the national headquarters and a school in Oakland, where the party continued to influence local politics. Party contractions continued throughout the 1970s; by 1980 the Black Panther Party comprised just 27 members.

 

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THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY

The Black Panther Party “was born in a period of stress when Black people were moving away from the philosophy and strategy of non-violent action toward sterner actions. We dared to believe that we could offer the community a permanent political vehicle which would serve their needs and advocate their interests. We have met many foes; we have seen many enemies. We have been slandered, kidnapped, gagged, jailed and murdered. We know now, more than ever before, that the will of the people is greater than the technology and repression of those who are against the interests of the people. Therefore we know that we can and will continue to serve and educate the people.

 

PRINCIPLES

Our true interest and needs are not being served. The political vehicle of the people must be guided by a consistent ideology which represents nothing more than a systematic and organized set of principles for analyzing and interpreting objective phenomena. An ideology can only be accepted as valid if it delivers a true understanding of the phenomena which affect the lives of the people. The development of a wide variety of truths about the community, its internal development and the external forces surrounding it will lead then to a philosophy which will help orient us toward goals which are in the true interests of the people.

 

 

THE SAME FOR US?

Our children still die, our youth still suffer from malnutrition, our middle-aged people still suffer from sicklecell anemia, and our elderly still face unbearable poverty and hardship because they reach the twilight period of their lives with nothing to sustain them through these difficult times. Where is the democracy in any of this for Black people? Democracy means only that the majority will use us when they need us and cast us aside when they do not need us. A true understanding of the working and effect of American democracy for Black people will reveal most clearly that it is just the same as fascism for us.

 

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DEMOCRACY

Their diversion tactics often lead the people down blind alleys or onto tangents which take them away from their true goals. We can easily see this when we apply the concept of American democracy to the Black community.

Democracy in America (bourgeois democracy) means nothing more than the domination of the majority over the minority. That is why Black people can cast votes all year long but if the majority is against us, we suffer. Then the politicians and educators try to deceive the community with statements such as “It’s rule by the majority, but the rights of the minority are protected.”If, in fact, participating in the democratic process in America were in the interest of the Black community there would be no need for a Free Breakfast Program, there would be no need for Free Health Clinics or any of the other programs we have developed to meet the people’s needs. The rights of the minority are “protected” by the standards of a bourgeois government, and anything which is not in their interest is not permitted. This may be democratic for the majority, but for the minority it has the same effect as fascism. When the majority decreed that we should be slaves, we were slaves where was the democracy in slavery for us? When the majority decreed that we should pay taxes, fight and die in wars, and be given inferior and racist education against our interests, we got all of these things. Where is democracy for us in any of that?

 

 

JUSTIFIED

Such articulation requires us tohave a political organ which will express the interests of the people and interpret phenomena for them. Again, the existence of such a political vehicle is justified only so long as it serves the true interests of the people. Serving the true interests of the people, however, does not mean that the vehicle is simply a reflector of public opinion, for the opinions of the people have often been molded and directed against their true interests by slick politicians and exploitative educators.

 

 

VISION

The Original Vision. The original vision of the Black Panther Party was to serve the needs of the oppressed people in our communities and defend them against their oppressors. When the Party was initiated we knew that these goals would raise the consciousness of the people and motivate them to move more firmly for their total liberation. We also recognized that we live in a country which has become one of the most repressive governments in the world; repressive in communities all over the world. We did not expect such a repressive government to stand idly by while the Black Panther Party went forward to the goal of serving the people. We expected repression.

 

 

Original six members of the Black Panther Party (1966) Top left to right: Elbert "Big Man" Howard, Huey P. Newton (Defense Minister), Sherwin Forte, Bobby Seale (Chairman) Bottom: Reggie Forte and Little Bobby Hutton (Treasurer).

Original six members of the Black Panther Party (1966)
Top left to right: Elbert “Big Man” Howard, Huey P. Newton (Defense Minister), Sherwin Forte, Bobby Seale (Chairman)
Bottom: Reggie Forte and Little Bobby Hutton (Treasurer).

 

Origins

In 1966, Huey P. Newton was released from jail. With his friend Bobby Seale from Oakland City College, he joined a black power group called the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM). RAM had a chapter in Oakland and followed the writings of Robert F. Williams. Williams had been the president of the Monroe, North Carolina branch of the NAACP and later published a newsletter called The Crusader from Cuba, where he fled to escape kidnapping charges.

 

Newton and Seale worked at the North Oakland Neighborhood Anti-Poverty Center, where they also served on the advisory board. To combat police brutality, the advisory board obtained 5,000 signatures in support of the City Council’s setting up a police review board to review complaints. Newton was also taking classes at the City College and at San Francisco Law School.

 

Both institutions were active in the North Oakland Center. Thus the pair had numerous connections with whom they talked about a new organization. Inspired by the success of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization and Stokely Carmichael‘s calls for separate black political organizations, they wrote their initial platform statement, the Ten-Point Program. With the help of Huey’s brother Melvin, they decided on a uniform of blue shirts, black pants, black leather jackets, black berets, and openly displayed loaded shotguns. (In his studies, Newton had discovered a California law that allowed carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun in public, as long as it was publicly displayed and pointed at no one.)

 

What became standard Black Panther discourse emerged from a long history of urban activism, social criticism and political struggle by African Americans. There is considerable debate about the impact that the Black Panther Party had on the greater society, or even their local environment. Author Jama Lazerow writes: “As inheritors of the discipline, pride, and calm self-assurance preached by Malcolm X, the Panthers became national heroes in black communities by infusing abstract nationalism with street toughness—by joining the rhythms of black working-class youth culture to the interracial élan and effervescence of Bay Area New Left politics …

 

In 1966, the Panthers defined Oakland’s ghetto as a territory, the police as interlopers, and the Panther mission as the defense of community. The Panthers’ famous “policing the police” drew attention to the spatial remove that White Americans enjoyed from the police brutality that had come to characterize life in black urban communities.” In his book Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America journalist Hugh Pearson takes a more jaundiced view, linking Panther criminality and violence to worsening conditions in America’s black ghettos as their influence spread nationwide.

 

 

Evolving ideology and widening support

Awareness of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense grew rapidly after their May 2, 1967, protest at the California State Assembly.

 

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In May 1967, the Panthers invaded the State Assembly Chamber in Sacramento, guns in hand, in what appears to have been a publicity stunt. Still, they scared a lot of important people that day. At the time, the Panthers had almost no following. Now, (a year later) however, their leaders speak on invitation almost anywhere radicals gather, and many whites wear “Honkeys for Huey” buttons, supporting the fight to free Newton, who has been in jail since last Oct. 28 (1967) on the charge that he killed a policeman …”

In October 1967, Huey Newton was arrested for the murder of Oakland Police Officer John Frey. At the time, Newton claimed that he had been falsely accused, leading to the “Free Huey” campaign. On February 17, 1968, at the “Free Huey” birthday rally in the Oakland Auditorium, several Black Panther Party leaders spoke. H. Rap Brown, Black Panther Party Minister of Justice, declared:

Huey Newton is our only living revolutionary in this country today … He has paid his dues. He has paid his dues. How many white folks did you kill today?

 

The mostly black crowd erupted in applause. James Forman, Black Panther Party Minister of Foreign Affairs, followed with:

We must serve notice on our oppressors that we as a people are not going to be frightened by the attempted assassination of our leaders. For my assassination—and I’m the low man on the totem pole—I want 30 police stations blown up, one southern governor, two mayors, and 500 cops, dead. If they assassinate Brother Carmichael, Brother Brown … Brother Seale, this price is tripled. And if Huey is not set free and dies, the sky is the limit!

 

Referring to the 1967–68 period, black historian Curtis Austin states: “During this period of development, black nationalism became part of the party’s philosophy.” During the months following the “Free Huey” birthday rallies, one in Oakland and another in Los Angeles, the Party’s violent, anti-white rhetoric attracted a huge following and Black Panther Party membership exploded.

 

Two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., on April 6, 1968, 17-year-old Bobby Hutton joined Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther Party Minister of Information, in what Cleaver later admitted was “an ambush” of the Oakland police. Two officers were wounded, and Bobby Hutton was killed when officers opened fire, wounding Cleaver as well.

 

After Hutton’s death, Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale and Kathleen Cleaver (Eldridge’s wife) held a rally in New York City at the Fillmore East in support of Hutton and Cleaver. Playwright LeRoi Jones (later Amiri Baraka) joined them on stage before a mixed crowd of 2,000:

We want to become masters of our own destiny … we want to build a black nation to benefit black people … The white people who killed Bobby Hutton are the same white people sitting here.

 

The crowd, including many whites, gave LeRoi Jones a standing ovation.

 

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In 1968, the group shortened its name to the Black Panther Party and sought to focus directly on political action. Members were encouraged to carry guns and to defend themselves against violence. An influx of college students joined the group, which had consisted chiefly of “brothers off the block.” This created some tension in the group. Some members were more interested in supporting the Panthers social programs, while others wanted to maintain their “street mentality”.

 

Curtis Austin states that by late 1968, Black Panther Party ideology had evolved to the point where they began to reject black nationalism and became more a “revolutionary internationalist movement”:

(The Party) dropped its wholesale attacks against whites and began to emphasize more of a class analysis of society. Its emphasis on Marxist-Leninist doctrine and its repeated espousal of Maoist statements signaled the group’s transition from a revolutionary nationalist to a revolutionary internationalist movement. Every Party member had to study Mao Tse-tung’s “Little Red Book” to advance his or her knowledge of peoples’ struggle and the revolutionary process.

 

Panther slogans and iconography spread. At the 1968 Summer OlympicsTommie Smith and John Carlos, two American medalists, gave the black power salute during the playing of the American national anthem. The International Olympic Committee banned them from the Olympic Games for life. Hollywood celebrity Jane Fonda publicly supported Huey Newton and the Black Panthers during the early 1970s. She and other Hollywood celebrities became involved in the Panthers’ leftist programs. The Panthers attracted a wide variety of left-wing revolutionaries and political activists, including writer Jean Genet, former Ramparts magazine editor David Horowitz (who later became a major critic of what he describes as Panther criminality) and left-wing lawyer Charles R. Garry, who acted as counsel in the Panthers’ many legal battles.

 

Survival committees and coalitions were organized with several groups across the United States. Chief among these was the Rainbow Coalitionformed by Fred Hampton and the Chicago Black Panthers. The Rainbow Coalition included the Young Lords, a Latino youth gang turned political under the leadership of Jose Cha Cha Jimenez. It also included the Young Patriots, which was organized to support young, white migrants from the Appalachia region.

 

 

Women and Womanism

At its beginnings, the Black Panther Party reclaimed black masculinity and traditional gender roles. Several scholars consider the Party’s stance of armed resistance highly masculine, with the use of guns and violence affirming proof of manhood. In 1968, the Black Panther Party newspaper stated in several articles that the role of female Panthers was to “stand behind black men” and be supportive.

 

By 1969, the Black Panther Party newspaper officially stated that men and women are equal and instructed male Panthers to treat female Party members as equals, a drastic change from the idea of the female Panther as subordinate. That same year, Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton of the Illinois chapter conducted a meeting condemning sexism. After 1969, the Party considered sexism counter-revolutionary.

 

The Black Panthers adopted a womanist ideology in consideration of the unique experiences of African-American women, affirming that racism is more oppressive than sexism. Womanism was a mix of black nationalism and the vindication of women, putting race and community struggle before the gender issue. Womanism posited that traditional feminism failed to include race and class struggle in its denunciation of male sexism  and was therefore part of white hegemony. In opposition to some feminist viewpoints, womanism promoted a gender role point of view that men are not above women, but hold a different position in the home and community, so men and women must work together for the preservation of African-American culture and community.

 

From this point forward, the Black Panther Party newspaper portrayed women as revolutionaries, using the example of party members such as Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis and Erika Huggins, all political, intelligent and attractive women. The Black Panther Party newspaper often showed women as active participants in the armed self-defense movement, picturing them with children and guns as protectors of the home, the family and the community.

 

This had direct implications at every level for Black Panther women. From 1968 to the end of its publication in 1982, the head editors of the Black Panther Party newspaper were all women. In 1970, approximately 40% to 70% of Party members were women, and several chapters, like the Des Moines, Iowa, and New Haven, Connecticut, were headed by women.

 

During the 1970s, recognizing the limited access poor women had to abortion, the Party officially supported women’s reproductive rights, including abortion. That same year, the Party condemned and opposed prostitution.

 

The Black Panther Party experienced significant problems in several chapters with sexism and gender oppression, particularly in the Oakland chapter where cases of sexual harassment and gender division were common. When Oakland Panthers arrived to bolster the New York City Panther chapter after New York Twenty-one leaders were incarcerated, they displayed such chauvinistic attitudes towards New York Panther women that they had to be fended off at gunpoint. Some Party leaders thought the fight for gender equality was a threat to men and a distraction from the struggle for racial equality.

 

In response, the Chicago and New York chapters, among others, established equal gender rights as a priority and tried to eradicate sexist attitudes.

 

By the time the Black Panther Party disbanded, official policy was to reprimand men who violated the rules of gender equality.

 

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Rules

The Black Panther Party had a list of 26 rules that dictated their daily party work. They regulated their participants’ use of drugs, alcohol, and their actions while they were working. Almost all of the rules had to do with only the actions of members while they were in an event or a meeting of the Black Panthers. The rules also said that members had to follow the Ten Point Program, and had to know it by heart. The final section of rules had to do with more of the leader’s responsibilities, such as providing a first aid center for members of the Black Panthers.

 

Ten Point Program

The original “Ten Point Program” from October, 1966 was as follows:

 

1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our black Community.

We believe that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.

2. We want full employment for our people.

We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the white American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.

3. We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our black Community.

We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules was promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of black people. We will accept the payment as currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over 50 million black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.

4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings.

We believe that if the white landlords will not give decent housing to our black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.

5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society.

We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else.

6. We want all black men to be exempt from military service.

We believe that black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like black people, are being victimized by the white racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary.

7. We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of black people.

We believe we can end police brutality in our black community by organizing black self-defense groups that are dedicated to defending our black community from racist police oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all black people should arm themselves for self defense.

8. We want freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails.

We believe that all black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.

9. We want all black people when brought to trial to be tried in court by a jury of their peer group or people from their black communities, as defined by the Constitution of the United States.

We believe that the courts should follow the United States Constitution so that black people will receive fair trials. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives a man a right to be tried by his peer group. A peer is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this the court will be forced to select a jury from the black community from which the black defendant came. We have been, and are being tried by all-white juries that have no understanding of the “average reasoning man” of the black community.

10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations-supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate for the purpose of determining the will of black people as to their national destiny.

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariable the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

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Action

“This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.”

— Stokely Carmichael, Honorary Prime Minister

 

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Survival programs

Inspired by Mao Zedong‘s advice to revolutionaries in The Little Red Book, Newton called on the Panthers to “serve the people” and to make “survival programs” a priority within its branches. The most famous of their programs was the Free Breakfast for Children Program, initially run out of an Oakland church.

 

Other survival programs were free services such as clothing distribution, classes on politics and economics, free medical clinics, lessons on self-defense and first aid, transportation to upstate prisons for family members of inmates, an emergency-response ambulance program, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and testing for sickle-cell disease.

 

The BPP also founded the “Intercommunal Youth Institute” in January 1971, with the intent of demonstrating how black youth ought to be educated. Ericka Huggins was the director of the school and Regina Davis was an administrator. The school was unique in that it did not have grade levels but instead had different skill levels so an 11-year-old could be in second-level English and fifth-level science. Elaine Brown taught reading and writing to a group of 10- to 11-year-olds deemed “uneducable” by the system. As the school children were given free busing; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; books and school supplies; children were taken to have medical checkups; and many children were given free clothes.

 

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Political activities

The Party briefly merged with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, headed by Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture). In 1967, the party organized a march on the California state capitol to protest the state’s attempt to outlaw carrying loaded weapons in public after the Panthers had begun exercising that right. Participants in the march carried rifles. In 1968, BPP Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver ran for Presidential office on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. They were a big influence on the White Panther Party, that was tied to the Detroit/Ann Arbor band MC5 and their manager John Sinclair, author of the book Guitar Army that also promulgated a ten-point program.

 

 

Conflict with law enforcement

 

Black Panther Party founders Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton standing in the street, armed with a Colt .45 and a shotgun

Black Panther Party founders Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton standing in the street, armed with a Colt .45 and a shotgun

 

One of the central aims of the BPP was to stop abuse by local police departments. When the party was founded in 1966, only 16 of Oakland’s 661 police officers were African American. Accordingly, many members questioned the Department’s objectivity and impartiality. This situation was not unique to Oakland, as most police departments in major cities did not have proportional membership by African Americans. Throughout the 1960s, race riots and civil unrest broke out in impoverished African-American communities subject to policing by disproportionately white police departments. The work and writings of Robert F. WilliamsMonroe, North Carolina NAACP chapter president and author of Negroes with Guns, also influenced the BPP’s tactics.

 

The BPP sought to oppose police brutality through neighborhood patrols (an approach since adopted by groups such as Copwatch). Police officers were often followed by armed Black Panthers who sought at times to aid African-Americans who were victims of police brutality and racial prejudice. Both Panthers and police died as a result of violent confrontations. By 1970, 34 Panthers had died as a result of police raids, shoot-outs and internal conflict. Various police organizations claim the Black Panthers were responsible for the deaths of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the injuries of dozens more. During those years, juries found several BPP members guilty of violent crimes.

 

On October 17, 1967, Oakland police officer John Frey was shot to death in an altercation with Huey P. Newton during a traffic stop. In the stop, Newton and backup officer Herbert Heanes also suffered gunshot wounds. Newton was arrested and charged with murder, which sparked a “free Huey” campaign, organized by Eldridge Cleaver to help Newton’s legal defense. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, though after three years in prison he was released when his conviction was reversed on appeal. During later years Newton would boast to friend and sociobiologist Robert Trivers (one of the few whites who became a Party member during its waning years) that he had in fact murdered officer John Frey and never regretted it.

 

 

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The Murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton

 

Published on Dec 4, 2013

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. On December 4th, 1969, Chicago police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment, shot and killed him in his bed. He was just twenty-one years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid. While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant for weapons, evidence later emerged that told a very different story: that the FBI, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Fred Hampton.

Noam Chomsky has called Hampton’s killing “the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration.” In 1969, he had emerged as the charismatic young chairman of the Chicago Black Panther Party.

After Hampton was killed, Black Panther leader Bobby Rush spoke at his funeral about his life and legacy.

Courtesy of documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton, produced by the Chicago Film Group.

 

 

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In April 1968, the party was involved in a gun battle, in which Panther Bobby Hutton was killed. Cleaver, who was wounded, later said that he had led the Panther group on a deliberate ambush of the police officers, thus provoking the shoot-out. In Chicago, on December 4, 1969, two Panthers were killed when the Chicago Police raided the home of Panther leader Fred Hampton. The raid had been orchestrated by the police in conjunction with the FBI; during this era the FBI was complicit in many local police actions. Hampton was shot and killed, as was Panther guard Mark Clark. Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan, his assistant and eight Chicago police officers were indicted by a federal grand jury over the raid, but the charges were later dismissed.

 

Prominent Black Panther member H. Rap Brown is serving life imprisonment for the 2000 murder of Ricky Leon Kinchen, a Fulton County, Georgia sheriff’s deputy, and the wounding of another officer in a gunbattle. Both officers were black.

 

From 1966 to 1972, when the party was most active, several departments hired significantly more African-American police officers. During this time period, many African-American police officers started to form organizations of their own to become more protective of the African-American citizenry and to increase black representation on police forces.

 

 

 

Conflict with COINTELPRO

In August 1967, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) instructed its program “COINTELPRO” to “neutralize” what the FBI called “black nationalist hate groups” and other dissident groups. In September 1968, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described the Black Panthers as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” By 1969, the Black Panthers and their allies had become primary COINTELPRO targets, singled out in 233 of the 295 authorized “Black Nationalist” COINTELPRO actions.

 

The goals of the program were to prevent the unification of militant black nationalist groups and to weaken the power of their leaders, as well as to discredit the groups to reduce their support and growth. The initial targets included the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Revolutionary Action Movement and the Nation of Islam. Leaders who were targeted included the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.Stokely CarmichaelH. Rap Brown, Maxwell Stanford and Elijah Muhammad.

 

Part of the FBI COINTELPRO actions were directed at creating and exploiting existing rivalries between black nationalist factions. One such attempt was to “intensify the degree of animosity” between the Black Panthers and the Blackstone Rangers, a Chicago street gang. They sent an anonymous letter to the Ranger’s gang leader claiming that the Panthers were threatening his life, a letter whose intent was to induce “reprisals” against Panther leadership. In Southern California similar actions were taken to exacerbate a “gang war” between the Black Panther Party and a group called the US Organization. It was alleged that the FBI had sent a provocative letter to the US Organization in an attempt to increase existing antagonism between US and the Panthers.

 

 

Violence

From the beginning, the Black Panther Party’s focus on militancy came with a reputation for violence. The Panthers employed a California law that permitted carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun as long as it was publicly displayed and pointed at no one. Carrying weapons openly and making threats against police officers, for example, chants like “The Revolution has come, it’s time to pick up the gun. Off the pigs!”, helped create the Panthers’ reputation as a violent organization.

 

On May 2, 1967, the California State Assembly Committee on Criminal Procedure was scheduled to convene to discuss what was known as the “Mulford Act“, which would ban public displays of loaded firearms. Cleaver and Newton put together a plan to send a group of about 30 Panthers led by Seale from Oakland to Sacramento to protest the bill. The group entered the assembly carrying their weapons, an incident which was widely publicized, and which prompted police to arrest Seale and five others. The group pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of disrupting a legislative session.

 

On October 28, 1967, Oakland police officer John Frey was shot to death in an altercation with Huey P. Newton during a traffic stop. In the stop, Newton and backup officer Herbert Heanes also suffered gunshot wounds. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter at trial. This incident gained the party even wider recognition by the radical American left, and a “Free Huey” campaign ensued. Newton was released after three years, when his conviction was reversed on appeal. During later years Newton would boast to sociobiologist Robert Trivers (one of the few whites who became a Party member during its waning years) that he had in fact murdered officer John Frey.

 

On April 7, 1968, Panther Bobby Hutton was killed, and Cleaver was wounded in a shootout with the Oakland police. Two police officers were also shot. Although at the time Cleaver claimed that the police had ambushed them, Cleaver later admitted that he had led the Panther group on a deliberate ambush of the police officers, thus provoking the shoot-out.

 

From the fall of 1967 through the end of 1970, nine police officers were killed and 56 were wounded, and ten Panther deaths and an unknown number of injuries resulted from confrontations. In 1969 alone, 348 Panthers were arrested for a variety of crimes. On February 18, 1970 Albert Wayne Williams was shot by the Portland Police Bureau outside the Black Panther party headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Though his wounds put him in a critical condition, he made a full recovery.

 

In May 1969, Black Panther Party members tortured and murdered Alex Rackley, a 19-year-old member of the New York chapter, because they suspected him of being a police informant. Three party officers — Warren KimbroGeorge Sams, Jr., and Lonnie McLucas — later admitted taking part. Sams, who gave the order to shoot Rackley at the murder scene, turned state’s evidence and testified that he had received orders personally from Bobby Seale to carry out the execution. After this betrayal, party supporters alleged that Sams was himself the informant and an agent provocateur employed by the FBI. The case resulted in the New Haven, Connecticut Black Panther trials of 1970, memorialized in the courtroom sketches of Robert Templeton. The trial ended with a hung jury, and the prosecution chose not to seek another trial.

 

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Violent conflict between the Panther chapter in LA and the US Organization, a rival group, resulted in shootings and beatings, and led to the murders of at least four Black Panther Party members. On January 17, 1969, Los Angeles Panther Captain Bunchy Carter and Deputy Minister John Huggins were killed in Campbell Hall on the UCLA campus, in a gun battle with members of the US Organization. Another shootout between the two groups on March 17 led to further injuries.

 

 

Murder of Betty van Patter

Black Panther bookkeeper Betty van Patter was murdered in 1974, and although this crime was never solved, the Panthers, according to the magazine Mother Jones, were “almost universally believed to be responsible”. David Horowitz became certain that Black Panther members were responsible and denounced the Panthers. When Huey Newton was shot dead 15 years later, Horowitz characterized Newton as a killer. 

 

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When Art Goldberg, a former colleague at Ramparts, alleged that Horowitz himself was responsible for the death of van Patter by recommending her for the position of Black Panther accountant, Horowitz counter-alleged that “the Panthers had killed more than a dozen people in the course of conducting extortion, prostitution and drug rackets in the Oakland ghetto.” He said further that the organization was committed “to doctrines that are false and to causes that are demonstrably wrongheaded and even evil.” Former chairperson Elaine Brown also questioned Horowitz’s motives in recommending van Patter to the Panthers; she suspected espionage. Horowitz later became known for his conservative viewpoints and opposition to leftist thought.

 

 

Decline

Significant disagreements among the Party’s leaders over how to confront ideological differences led to a split within the party. Certain members felt the Black Panthers should participate in local government and social services, while others encouraged constant conflict with the police. For some of the Party’s supporters, the separations among political action, criminal activity, social services, access to power, and grass-roots identity became confusing and contradictory as the Panthers’ political momentum was bogged down in the criminal justice system. These (and other) disagreements led to a split.

 

Some Panther leaders, such as Huey Newton and David Hilliard, favored a focus on community service coupled with self-defense; others, such as Eldridge Cleaver, embraced a more confrontational strategy. Eldridge Cleaver deepened the schism in the party when he publicly criticized the Party for adopting a “reformist” rather than “revolutionary” agenda and called for Hilliard’s removal. Cleaver was expelled from the Central Committee but went on to lead a splinter group, the Black Liberation Army, which had previously existed as an underground paramilitary wing of the Party.

 

The Party eventually fell apart due to rising legal costs and internal disputes. In 1974, Huey Newton appointed Elaine Brown as the first Chairwoman of the Party. Under Brown’s leadership, the Party became involved in organizing for more radical electoral campaigns, including Brown’s 1975 unsuccessful run for Oakland City Council and Lionel Wilson‘s successful election as the first black mayor of Oakland.

 

In addition to changing the Party’s direction towards more involvement in the electoral arena, Brown also increased the influence of women Panthers by placing them in more visible roles within the previously male-dominated organization. In 1977, after Newton returned from Cuba and ordered the beating of a female Panther who organized many of the Party’s social programs, Brown left the Party.

 

Although many scholars and activists date the Party’s downfall to the period before Brown became the leader, an increasingly smaller cadre of Panthers continued to exist through the 1970s. By 1980, Panther membership had dwindled to 27, and the Panther-sponsored school closed in 1982 after it became known that Newton was embezzling funds from the school to pay for his drug addiction.

 

Legacy

Some critics have written that the Panthers’ “romance with the gun” and their promotion of “gang mentality” was likely associated with the enormous increase in both black-on-black and black-on-white crime observed during later decades. This increase occurred in the Panthers’ hometown of Oakland, California, and in other cities nationwide. Interviewed after he left the Black Panther Party, former Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver lamented that the legacy of the Panthers was at least partly one of disrespect for the law and indiscriminate violence. He acknowledged that, had his promotion of violent black militantism prevailed, it would have resulted in “a total bloodbath.” Cleaver also lamented the abandonment of poor blacks by the black bourgeoisie and felt that black youth had been left without appropriate role models who could teach them to properly channel their militant spirit and their desire for justice.

 

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In October 2006, the Black Panther Party held a 40-year reunion in Oakland.

 

In January 2007, a joint California state and Federal task force charged eight men with the August 29, 1971, murder of California police officer Sgt. John Young. The defendants have been identified as former members of the Black Liberation Army. Two have been linked to the Black Panthers. In 1975 a similar case was dismissed when a judge ruled that police gathered evidence through the use of torture. On June 29, 2009 Herman Bell pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Sgt. Young. In July 2009, charges were dropped against four of the accused: Ray Boudreaux, Henry W. Jones, Richard Brown and Harold Taylor. Also that month Jalil Muntaquim pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter becoming the second person to be convicted in this case.

 

Since the 1990s, former Panther chief of staff David Hilliard has offered tours of sites in Oakland historically significant to the Black Panther Party.

 

 

 

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WHAT WAS THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY? The Black Panther Party was a progressive political organization that stood in the vanguard of the most powerful movement for social change in America since the Revolution of 1776 and the Civil War: that dynamic episode generally referred to as The Sixties. It is the sole black organization in the entire history of black struggle against slavery and oppression in the United States that was armed and promoted a revolutionary agenda, and it represents the last great thrust by the mass of black people for equality, justice and freedom.

 

The Party’s ideals and activities were so radical, it was at one time assailed by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States.” And, despite the demise of the Party, its history and lessons remain so challenging and controversial that established texts and media would erase all reference to the Party from American history.

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama Speaks On Immigration Reform — San Francisco, “By The Bay”, CA.


 

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President Barack Obama is blending a fundraising schedule for Democrats with a pitch for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, the Associated Press reports. Obama stopped at a San Francisco recreation center Monday to renew his call for the House to pass new immigration legislation.

 

President Obama mixes fundraising with immigration message

 

 

 

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Remarks by the President on Immigration Reform — San Francisco, CA

Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center
San Francisco, California

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.)  Well, hello, San Francisco!  (Applause.)  It is great to be back in California.  It is great to be with all of you.  I love San Francisco.  (Applause.)  You got great food.  You got great people, beautiful scenery — no more super villains because Batkid cleaned up the streets.  (Applause.)  Love Batkid.  (Laughter.)

 

I want to start by thanking Geetha for the wonderful  introduction and the great work that she’s doing.  Give her a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  I want to thank your Mayor, Ed Lee.  (Applause.)  Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.  (Applause.)  I want to recognize some wonderful members of Congress who are fighting every day for the people of California — Mike Honda — (applause) — Eric Swalwell, Judy Chu.  They are all doing great work every single day.  (Applause.)

 

We have a special guest, Janet Napolitano, who is now overseeing the entire UC system and going to be doing a great job.  (Applause.)  We miss her back in Washington, but she is going to be outstanding leading the University of California.

 

Now, before I begin, I want to say a few words about the news from the weekend.  I’m here to talk about immigration reform, but I’m also here in my capacity as Commander-in-Chief, and this weekend, together with our allies and our partners, the United States reached an agreement with Iran — (applause) — on a first step towards resolving our concerns over its nuclear program.

 

Now, some of you may recall that when I first ran for President, I said it was time for a new era of American leadership in the world — one that turned the page on a decade of war, and began a new era of our engagement with the world.  And as President and as Commander-in-Chief, I’ve done what I said.  We ended the war in Iraq; we brought our troops home.  Osama bin Laden met justice; the war in Afghanistan will end next year.

 

And as the strongest, most powerful nation on the face of the Earth, we’ve engaged in clear-eyed and principled diplomacy  — even with our adversaries — in order to begin to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and to place the first real constraints in a decade on Iran’s nuclear program.  Because I firmly believe in what President Kennedy once said:  He said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”  I believe that.  And this diplomacy, backed by the unprecedented sanctions we brought on Iran, has brought us the progress that was achieved this weekend.

 

For the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress on Iran’s nuclear program.  Key parts of the program will be rolled back.  (Applause.)  International inspectors will have unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear-related facilities.  So this will help Iran from building a nuclear weapon.  And over the coming months, we’re going to continue our diplomacy, with the goal of achieving a comprehensive solution that deals with the threat of Iran’s nuclear program once and for all.

 

And if Iran seizes this opportunity and chooses to join the global community, then we can begin to chip away at the mistrust that’s existed for many, many years between our two nations.

None of that is going to be easy.  Huge challenges remain.  But we cannot close the door on diplomacy.  And we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.  We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict.  And tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security.  It is not the right thing for our security.  (Applause.)

 

Now, this progress, and the potential it offers, reminds us of what is possible when the United States has the courage to lead — not just with the force of arms, but with the strength of our diplomacy and our commitment to peace.  That’s what keeps us strong.  That’s what makes us a beacon to the world.  That’s how I’ll continue to lead so long as I’m President of the United States.

 

And that spirit — not just what we can criticize or tear down or be against, but what we can build together — that’s what brings me here today.  Because it’s long past time to fix our broken immigration system.  (Applause.)  We need to make sure Washington finishes what so many Americans just like you started. We’ve got to finish the job.

 

And it’s fitting that we’re here in Chinatown, just a few miles away from Angel Island.  In the early 1900s, about 300,000 people — maybe some of your ancestors — passed through on their way to a new life in America.  And for many, it represented the end of a long and arduous journey — they’d finally arrived in a place where they believed anything was possible.

 

And for some, it also represented the beginning of a new struggle against prejudice in a country that didn’t always treat its immigrants fairly or afford them the same rights as everybody else.  Obviously, Asians faced this, but so did the Irish; so did Italians; so did Jews; and many groups still do today.

 

That didn’t stop those brave men and women from coming.  They were drawn by a belief in the power of opportunity; in a belief that says, maybe I never had a chance at a good education, but this is a place where my daughter can go to college.  Maybe I started out washing dishes, but this is a place where my son can become mayor of San Francisco.  (Applause.)  Maybe I have to make sacrifices today, but those sacrifices are worth it if it means a better life for my family.

 

And that’s a family story that will be shared by millions of Americans around the table on Thursday.  It’s the story that drew my great-great-great-great-grandfather from a small village in Ireland, and drew my father from a small village in Kenya.  It’s the story that drew so many of your ancestors here — that America is a place where you can make it if you try.

 

And here’s something interesting:  Today, more than one in four residents born outside the United States came here from Asian countries — many through our family immigration system.  They’re doctors and business owners, laborers, refugees.  This rec center’s namesake, Betty Ong, was a hero on 9/11.  (Applause.)  But she was also the daughter of immigrants who grew up not far from here.  And we’re honored to have her family with us here today.  (Applause.)

 

But too often when we talk about immigration, the debate focuses on our southern border.  The fact is we’re blessed with immigrants from all over the world who’ve put down roots in every corner of this country.  Here in San Francisco, 35 percent of business owners are immigrants — and your economy is among the fastest growing in the country.  That’s not an accident.  That’s the impact that our talented, hardworking immigrants can have.  That’s the difference they can make.  They’re hungry and they’re striving and they’re working hard and they’re creating things that weren’t there before.

 

And that’s why it is long past time to reform an immigration system that right now doesn’t serve America as well as it should. We could be doing so much more to unleash our potential if we just fix this aspect of our system.

 

And I know out here in California that you watch the news and you share the country’s not very sunny view of Washington these days.  For the last few months, you’ve seen a lot of headlines about gridlock and partisan bickering, and too often one faction of one party in one house of Congress has chosen courses of action that ended up harming our businesses, or our economy, or our workers.  Or they want to refight old political battles rather than create jobs and grow the economy and strengthen the middle class, or take 40 more votes to undermine or repeal the Affordable Care Act — (laughter) — instead of passing a single serious jobs bill, despite the fact that Americans want us to focus on jobs and business and growth.  And, by the way, thousands of Californians are signing up every day for new health care plans all across this state.  (Applause.)

 

So even as we’re getting this darn website up to speed — (laughter) — and it’s getting better — states like California are proving the law works.  People want the financial security of health insurance.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Thanks to you!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  And even if you’re already insured, reach out to a friend or neighbor who’s not and help them get covered.

 

But when it comes to immigration reform, we have to have the confidence to believe we can get this done.  And we should get it done.  And, by the way, most Americans agree.  The only thing standing in our way right now is the unwillingness of certain Republicans in Congress to catch up with the rest of the country.

 
I met the other day with the CEOs of some of America’s biggest companies.  And I’m positive not all of them voted for me.  (Laughter.)  I’m pretty sure.  (Laughter.)  Maybe some of them, but definitely not all of them.  But the thing they wanted to talk about, their top priority was the fact that we invite the brightest minds from around the world to study here — many of them enrolled in the University of California system — and then we don’t invite them to stay.  We end up sending them home to create new jobs and start new businesses someplace else.  So we’re training our own competition, rather than invite those incredibly talented young people, like Geetha, to stay here and start businesses and create jobs here.

 

I hear from folks who’ve been separated from their families for years because of green card backlogs who desperately want their loved ones to be able to join them here in America.  I hear from young DREAMers who are Americans through and through in every way but on paper, and they just want a chance to study and serve and contribute to the nation that they love.  (Applause.)

 

I talk to business owners who play by the rules, but get frustrated because they end up being undercut by those who exploit workers in a shadow economy — aren’t getting paid overtime, aren’t required to meet the same obligations.  And so those companies end up losing out on business.

 

Right now, I’m seeing brave advocates who have been fasting for two weeks in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing themselves in an effort to get Congress to act.  And I want to say to Eliseo Medina, my friend from SEIU, and the other fasters who are there as we speak, I want them to know we hear you.  We’re with you.  The whole country hears you.

 

And there are plenty of leaders –- Democrat and Republican  –- who don’t think it’s fair that we’ve got 11 million people in this country, including more than a million from Asia, with no real way to come forward and get on the right side of the law.  It’s not smart.  It’s not fair.  It doesn’t make sense.  And we have kicked this particular can down the road long enough.  Everybody knows it.

 

Now, the good news is we know what the solutions are.  There is bipartisan hope of getting it done.  This year, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill by a wide, bipartisan majority, and it addresses the key issues that need to be addressed.  It would strengthen our borders.  It would level the playing field by holding employers accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers.  It would modernize our legal immigration system so that we eliminate the backlog of family visas and make it easier to attract highly skilled entrepreneurs from beyond our borders.  It would make sure that everybody plays by the same rules by providing a pathway to earned citizenship for those who are living in the shadows –- a path that includes passing a background check, and learning English, and paying taxes and a penalty, and getting in line behind everyone trying to come here the right way.

 

And each of these pieces would go a long way towards fixing our broken immigration system.  Each of them has been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.  There’s no reason we can’t come together and get it done.

 

And what’s more, we know the immigration reform that we’re proposing would boost our economy and shrink our deficits.  Independent economists have said that if the Senate bill became law, over the next two decades, our economy would grow by $1.4 trillion more, and it would reduce our deficits by $850 billion more.

 

And you don’t have to be an economist to figure out that workers will be more productive if they’ve got their families here with them, they’re not worried about deportation, they’re not living halfway around the world.  This isn’t just the right thing to do -– it’s the smart thing to do.

 

Of course, just because something is smart, fair, good for the economy, and supported by business, labor, law enforcement and faith leaders — (laughter) — Democratic and Republican governors, including the Governor of this state –- just because all that is in place doesn’t mean we’ll actually get it done, because this is Washington, after all, that we’re talking about and everything is looked through a political prism.  And, look, let’s be honest, some folks automatically think, well, if Obama’s for it, then I’ve got to be against it even if I was, before that, I was for it.

 

But I want to remind everybody, to his great credit, my Republican predecessor, President Bush, was for reform.  He proposed reform like this almost a decade ago.  I was in the Senate.  I joined 23 Senate Republicans back then supporting reform.  It’s worth remembering that the Senate bill that just passed won more than a dozen Republican votes this past summer.  And some of them even forget that I’m — sometimes people forget I’m not running for office again.  Michelle doesn’t forget.   (Laughter and applause.)  So you don’t have to worry about this somehow being good for me.  This is good for the country.   It’s the right thing to do for the American people.

 

And I believe, ultimately — not always in the short term — but ultimately, good policy is good politics.  Look at the polls right now, because the American people support immigration reform by a clear majority.  Everybody wins if we get this done.  So there’s no reason we shouldn’t get immigration reform done right now.  None.  If there is a good reason I haven’t heard it.

 

And, by the way, if there’s a better plan out there than the one that Democrats and Republicans have already advanced together, if there are additional ideas that would make it even better, I’m always willing to listen to new ideas.  My door is always open.  But right now it’s up to Republicans in the House to decide if we can move forward as a country on this bill.  If they don’t want to see it happen, they’ve got to explain why.

 

The good news is, just this past week Speaker Boehner said that he is “hopeful we can make progress” on immigration reform. And that is good news.  I believe the Speaker is sincere.  I think he genuinely wants to get it done.  And that’s something we should be thankful for this week.  And I think there are a number of other House Republicans who also want to get this done.  Some of them are hesitant to do it in one big bill, like the Senate did.  That’s okay.  They can — it’s Thanksgiving; we can carve that bird into multiple pieces.  (Laughter.)  A drumstick here — (laughter) — breast meat there.  But as long as all the pieces get done — soon — and we actually deliver on the core values we’ve been talking about for so long, I think everybody is fine with it.  They’re not worried about the procedures.  They just want the result.

 

But it’s going to require some courage.  There are some members of the Republican caucus who think this is bad politics for them back home.  And they’re free to vote their conscience, but what I’ve said to the Speaker and others is, don’t let a minority of folks block something that the country desperately needs.  And we can’t leave this problem for another generation to solve.  If we don’t tackle this now, then we’re undercutting our own future.

 

So my message to Congress is rather than create problems, let’s prove Washington can get something done.  This is something that has broad-based support.  We’ve been working on it for a decade now.  This reform comes as close as we’ve gotten to something that will benefit everybody, now and for decades to come.  And it has the potential to enrich this country in ways that we can’t even imagine.

 

And I’ll just give you one example to wrap up.  Andrew Ly is here today.  Where’s Andrew?  He’s around here somewhere.  There he is.  Now, Andrew has got an amazing story.  Andrew grew up in Vietnam, and he and his four brothers tried three times to flee to the United States.  Obviously, the country was going through all kinds of difficulties.  So three times, they tried; three times, they failed.  On the fourth try, their boat –- filled with 140 refugees — is that right, Andrew -– was attacked by pirates.

 

But the Lys and their family eventually made it to Malaysia, and then they eventually made it here to San Francisco.  And they learned English, and they worked as handymen, and they worked as seamstresses.  And eventually, Andrew and his brothers earned enough money to buy a small bakery.  And they started making donuts, and they started selling them to Chinese restaurants.  And with a lot of hard work and a little luck, the Sugar Bowl Bakery today is a $60 million business.  (Applause.)

 

So these humble and striving immigrants from Vietnam now employ more than 300 Americans.  They’re supplying pastries to Costco and Safeway, and almost every hotel and hospital in San Francisco.  And I don’t know if Andrew brought me any samples, but — (laughter) — they must be pretty good.  (Laughter.)

 

And Andrew says, “We came here as boat people, so we don’t take things for granted.  We know this is the best country in the world if you work hard.”  That’s what America is about.  This is the place where you can reach for something better if you work hard.  This is the country our parents and our grandparents and waves of immigrants before them built for us.  And it falls on each new generation to keep it that way.  The Statue of Liberty doesn’t have its back to the world.  The Statue of Liberty faces the world and raises its light to the world.

 

When Chinese immigrants came to this city in search of “Gold Mountain,” they weren’t looking just for physical riches.  They were looking for freedom and opportunity.  They knew that what makes us American is not a question of what we look like or what our names are — because we look like the world.  You got a President named Obama.  (Laughter and applause.)  What makes us American is our shared belief in certain enduring principles, our allegiance to a set of ideals, to a creed, to the enduring promise of this country.

 

And our shared responsibility is to leave this country more generous, more hopeful than we found it.  And if we stay true to that history — if we get immigration reform across the finish line — and it is there just within our grasp, if we can just get folks in Washington to go ahead and do what needs to be done — we’re going to grow our economy; we’re going to make our country more secure; we’ll strengthen our families; and most importantly, we will live –

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Mr. Obama –

 

THE PRESIDENT:  — most importantly, we will live up –

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  — my family has been separated for 19 months now –

 

THE PRESIDENT:  — most importantly, we will live up to our character as a nation.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I’ve not seen my family.  Our families are separated.  I need your help.  There are thousands of people –

 

THE PRESDIENT:  That’s exactly what we’re talking about.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  — are torn apart every single day. 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s why we’re here.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Mr. President, please use your executive order to halt deportations for all 11.5 undocumented immigrants in this country right now. 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  What we’re trying –

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Do you agree

 

AUDIENCE:  Obama!  Obama!  Obama!

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  — that we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform at the same time we — you have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country. 

 
THE PRESIDENT:  Actually I don’t.  And that’s why we’re here.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  So, please, I need your help. 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay – 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Stop deportations! 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Stop deportations! 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  All right. 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBERS:  Stop deportations!  Stop deportations!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  What I’d like to do — no, no, don’t worry about it, guys.  Okay, let me finish. 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBERS:  Stop deportations!  Yes, we can!  Stop deportations!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  These guys don’t need to go.  Let me finish. No, no, no, he can stay there.  Hold on a second.  (Applause.)  Hold on a second. 

 

So I respect the passion of these young people because they feel deeply about the concerns for their families.  Now, what you need to know, when I’m speaking as President of the United States and I come to this community, is that if, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. 

 

But we’re also a nation of laws.  That’s part of our tradition.  And so the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws.  And what I’m proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.  But it won’t be as easy as just shouting.  It requires us lobbying and getting it done.  (Applause.)

 

So for those of you who are committed to getting this done, I am going to march with you and fight with you every step of the way to make sure that we are welcoming every striving, hardworking immigrant who sees America the same way we do — as a country where no matter who you are or what you look like or where you come from, you can make it if you try. 

 

And if you’re serious about making that happen, then I’m ready to work with you.  (Applause.)  But it is going to require work.  It is not simply a matter of us just saying we’re going to violate the law.  That’s not our tradition.  The great thing about this country is we have this wonderful process of democracy, and sometimes it is messy, and sometimes it is hard, but ultimately, justice and truth win out.  That’s always been the case in this country; that’s going to continue to be the case today.  (Applause.)

 

Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  (Applause.)

 

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When morons disrespect and dishonor the President Of The United States Of America during a talk about immigration reform…..with screams & shouts about immigration reform…..and he treats them with respect and diplomacy…..thats a teachable moment that is priceless.

 

 

President Barack Obama speaks at a Democratic Party fundraiser at the San Francisco Jazz Center

President Barack Obama speaks at a Democratic Party fundraiser at the San Francisco Jazz Center

 

Remarks by the President at DCCC Event — Seattle, WA

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  Thank you, guys.  (Applause.)  Sit down.  You already did that.  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Have a seat.  Have a seat.

 

Well, first of all, let me just thank Jon for the second time for his incredible hospitality.  And I think it’s fair to say that between Nancy and me and Steve Israel, we do a lot of events.  I will say that this particular space is one of the more spectacular venues for an event.  (Applause.)  And we couldn’t have a more gracious host.  The only problem when I come to Jon’s house is I want to just kind of roam around and check stuff out, and instead I’ve got to talk.  (Laughter.)  But Jon, thank you for your friendship. We’ve very grateful.

 

A few other people I want to acknowledge.  First of all, our once Speaker and soon to be Speaker again, Nancy Pelosi.  We are thrilled to be with her.  (Applause.)  Someone who has an incredibly thankless job, but does it with energy and wisdom — and I was going to say joy, but I’m not, I don’t want to kind of overdo it — (laughter) — but is doing an outstanding job — Steve Israel, who is heading up the DCCC.  Thank you so much, Steve, for the great job that you’re doing.  (Applause.)

 

We’ve got some outstanding members of Congress here.  Congressman Rick Larsen is here.  Where’s Rick?  There he is.(Applause.)  Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is here.  (Applause.)  Congressman Derek Kilmer is here.  Where’s Derek? There he is — (applause) — who just informed me that his four-year-old at the Christmas party is going to sing me at least one patriotic song. (Laughter.)  And I’m very excited about this.  She has a repertoire of five songs, and we’re trying to hone in on what one song she is going to do.

 

And you’ve got a former outstanding member of Congress, who now is doing a great job as the Governor of this great state — Governor Jay Inslee is here.  (Applause.)  And Trudi, who’s keeping him in line at all times.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank John Frank, who also spent a lot of time on this event.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)

 

Now, the great thing about these kinds of events is I spend most of my time in a conversation with you, as opposed to just making a long speech.  Let me make a couple of observations.  Number one, Jay claims he arranged it, but when we landed, we were flying over Mt. Rainier — pulled into the airport, came off the plane, and the sunset was lighting the mountain.  And it was spectacular, and reminded me of why it is that I love the Pacific Northwest so much.

 

Now, part of it — I was saying to somebody, part of it may also be that I always feel the spirit of my mom here, because I graduated from Mercer Island High.  (Applause.)  But you guys have got a good thing going here, and it’s not just the Seahawks. I just want to make that point.  (Applause.)

 

Point number two, obviously, there are such enormous challenges that we face all across this country and internationally, and this year we’ve seen issues ranging from the tragedy of Sandy Hook to disclosures at the NSA to the shutdown and the potential of default to continuing issues surrounding the Middle East and peace there.  And so it’s understandable, I think, that sometimes people feel discouraged or concerned about whether or not we can continue to make progress.  And one thing that I always try to emphasize is that if you look at American history, there have been frequent occasions in which it looked like we had insoluble problems — either economic, political, security — and as long as there were those who stayed steady and clear-eyed and persistent, eventually we came up with an answer; eventually we were able to work through these challenges and come out better on the other end.

 

And that’s true today as well.  After seeing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we’ve now seen 44 straight months of job growth.  We’ve doubled our production of clean energy.  We are actually importing less oil than ever before, producing more energy than ever before.  We’ve reduced the pace of our carbon emissions in a way that is actually better than the vast majority of industrialized nations over the last five years.

 

We’ve been able to not only create the possibility of all people enjoying the security of health care, but we’ve also been driving down the cost of health care, which benefits people’s pocket books, their businesses.  Our institutions of higher learning continue to be the best in the world.  And you’re actually — because of the productivity of our workers, we’re actually seeing manufacturing move back to America in ways that we haven’t seen in decades.

 

A lot of the reason that we’re making progress is because of the inherent resilience and strength of the American people, but a lot of it is because folks like Nancy Pelosi and some of the members of Congress, or even former members of Congress who are here made some tough decisions early on in my administration.  And we’re starting to see those bear fruit and pay off.

 

And so I’m incredibly optimistic about our future.  But I’m also mindful of the fact that we have some barriers, some impediments to change and progress.  And the biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is a Congress — and in particular, a House of Representatives — that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people, but is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election or to defeat my agenda.

 

And that’s unfortunate, because that’s not what the American people are looking for right now.  And the truth is, is that there are a lot of ideas — things like early childhood education, or rebuilding our infrastructure, or investing in basic science and research — there are a whole range of — immigration reform — a whole range of ideas that if you strip away the politics, there’s actually a pretty broad consensus in this country.

 

I’m not a particularly ideological person.  There are some things, some values I feel passionately about.  I feel passionate about making sure everybody in this country gets a fair shake.  I feel passionate about everybody being treated with dignity and respect regardless of what they look like or what their last name is or who they love.  I feel passionate about making sure that we’re leaving a planet that is as spectacular as the one we inherited from our parents and our grandparents.  I feel passionate about working for peace even as we are making sure that our defenses are strong.

 

So there are values I care about.  But I’m pretty pragmatic when it comes to how do we get there — and so is Nancy, and so is Jay.  And so more than anything, what we’re looking for is not the defeat of another party; what we’re looking for is the advancement of ideas that are going to vindicate those values that are tried and true, and that have led this country to the spectacular heights that we’ve seen in the past.

 

But to do that we’re going to need Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, because there’s just a lot of work to be done right now.  Between now and next November, I’m going to do everything I can and look for every opportunity to work on a bipartisan basis to get stuff done.  There will not be a point in time where I’ve got an opportunity to get something done where I don’t do it simply because of politics.  But those opportunity have been few and far between over the last several years, and the American people can’t afford to wait in perpetuity for us to grow faster, create more jobs, strengthen our middle class, clean our environment, fix our immigration system.

 

And so if we don’t have partners on the other side, we’re going to have to go ahead and do it ourselves.  And so the support that you’re providing today and the support that you’ve provided time and again is making all the difference in the world.  And it’s part of what gives me confidence that we’re going to be successful over the long term.

 

So thank you.  We appreciate it.

 

And with that, let me take some questions.  (Applause.)

 

END
7:35 P.M. PST

 

 

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Recap From Barack’s House


 

By Jueseppi B.

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WATCH LIVE: President’s Remarks on Common Sense Immigration Reform Today!

 

Today at 2:35 PM ET, 11:35 AM PT, the President will deliver remarks at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco, California where he will call on Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform. Watch live HERE.

 

Join us at 5:00 PM ET TODAY for an immigration update conference call. Dial-in: 1-855-845-4321 or 1-617-668-3700,Event ID: 600165.

 

For the last two weeks, President Obama, Vice President Biden and a number of our Cabinet Secretaries, as well as White House Senior Staff have continued to make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. On November 19, the President spoke at theWall Street Journal CEO Council Annual Meeting and described why fixing our broken immigration system is good for our economy and national security:

 

The good news here is the Senate has already passed a bipartisan bill that economists say would grow our economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink our deficits by nearly a trillion over the next two decades. You wouldn’t turn down a deal that good, and Congress shouldn’t either. So I’m hoping that Speaker Boehner and the House of Representatives can still work with us to get that done.

 

The very next day, President Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The list of leaders included several innovative immigrants who have enriched American culture: Daniel Kahneman, an Israeli-American pioneer scholar of psychology,Mario Molina, a Mexican-American chemist and environmental scientist and Arturo Sandoval, a celebrated jazz musician and composer from Cuba.

 

Over the past week and a half several top Administration officials have visited Eliseo Medina and others participating in the “Fast for Families.” Today marks day 14 of their water only fast to bring attention to the urgency of passing common sense immigration reform. Administration officials who have visited the Fasters to recognize their courage and drawn inspiration from their action include, Vice President Joe BidenChief of Staff Denis McDonough,Senior Advisor Valerie JarrettDirector of Domestic Policy Cecilia MuñozSecretary Tom Perez, and Secretary Tom Vilsack.

 

Valerie Jarret, Senior Advisor to the President visits with Fast for Families on the National Mall

Valerie Jarret, Senior Advisor to the President visits with Fast for Families on the National Mall. (Official White House Photo by Julie Chavez Rodriguez)

 

On November 14, the Vice President joined by Director Alejandro Mayorkas, USCIS, welcomed 104 new American citizensrepresenting 50 countries at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In his remarks, he expressed his gratitude to the new citizens for their valuable contributions to our society:

 

Thank you for choosing us – thank you for concluding America was worthy of your aspirations….The truth of the matter is you’ve been Americans for a long time, long before you raised your right hand today, because you’ve all adhered to the idea of America.

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National Anthem

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National Anthem at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King Junior Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

A few days later, the Vice President traveled to Panama City, Panama to discuss hemispheric relations with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. A press conference was held at the country’s Presidential Palace, and during that briefing Vice President Biden explained that much of the diplomatic discussion revolved around the Administration’s priority of fixing our broken immigration system:

 

We need – we need – to update and make more rational our immigration policy in the United States of America. It’s a matter of simple justice and respect. Respect and dignity needs to be brought to the 11 million undocumented men, women and children, allowing them to come out of the shadows. They are not only Hispanic. They represent every part of the world. They are Asian. They are Irish. They are Russian. They are African. But they deserve to be treated with dignity.

 

A majority of Americans agree that now is the time to fix our broken immigration system. As we prepare to give thanks with our loved ones, let’s remember the positive impact comprehensive immigration reform would have on immigrants and their families.

 

Julie Chavez Rodriguez
Deputy Director
White House | Office of Public Engagement

 

Agency Updates

Secretary Tom Perez – Building Ladders of Opportunity for Immigrant and American Workers
November 20, 2013
President Obama understands with great clarity that the truest measure of our economic success as a nation is not abundance, but widely-shared prosperity, a thriving middle class, and the opportunity for American businesses and their workers to create both. We are, fundamentally, a nation of immigrants. It has been and will continue to be America’s greatest strength – a critical component of our nation’s economic engine.

 

ICE proposes changes to international student programs
November 19, 2013
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is proposingchanges to the requirements governing its Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that are intended to improve management of international student programs and increase opportunities for study by spouses and children of nonimmigrant students.

 

DOL – Youth CareerConnect Grants
November 19, 2013
To compete in today’s global economy, America’s students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America’s students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers—especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

USCIS – New Security Enhancement Helps E-Verify Deter Employee Fraud
November 18, 2013
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced an enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. This enhancement provides a critical safeguard to the E-Verify system by detecting and preventing potential fraudulent use of SSNs to gain work authorization.

 

Blog Highlights

Welcome New Citizens
November 22, 2013
Katherine Archuleta, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, writes about her participation in a naturalization ceremony: Thursday was an inspirational day for me. I had the honor of witnessing 35 new Americans from 20 countries take the oath of citizenship at the USCIS office in Fairfax, Va. and offering them some words of welcome. And this was a very special group of new citizens. You see, they had not passed their first citizenship test. So they studied and studied and in the true spirit of this country, they returned Thursday to try again. And they succeeded.

 

Fast Action
November 22, 2013
Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez writes about his visit with immigration reform fasters on the National Mall: In 1968, in the thick of the farmworkers’ struggle to gain basic rights and relief from brutal mistreatment, Cesar Chavez didn’t just march or strike or demonstrate − he fasted in order to raise awareness about his movement and highlight the importance of nonviolent resistance. Today, a new generation of activists is going without all food except water – this time to bring attention to the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform.

 

Visiting the Fast for Families in Support of Immigration Reform
November 21, 2013
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, describes her visit with Fast for Families participants: I had the honor of visiting with the fasters and hearing their stories on day 9 of their water-only fast, and I was deeply moved by their moral commitment. They described why immigration reform matters in their lives, as it does for Christian, a DREAMer who told me he is fasting for his own chance at citizenship, to honor his parents, and to call attention to the need for immigration reform to keep his family from the threat of separation.

 

President Obama Welcomes America’s Nine New Nobel Laureates to the White House
November 19, 2013
President Obama met with nine of the Nation’s foremost innovators, creative thinkers, and builders of the future—the American recipients of 2013 Nobel Prizes in natural sciences and economics. The President was joined in the meeting by OSTP Director John P. Holdren, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) Jason Furman, Ambassador Björn Lyrvall of Sweden, Ambassador Kåre Aas of Norway; and a number of the Nobel Laureates’ family members.

 

Vice President Biden Celebrates Citizenship at King Center Naturalization Ceremony
November 15, 2013
At a naturalization ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden highlights the Obama Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across the board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

 

Working in Coalition to Build a Stronger AAPI Community
November 15, 2013
Hosted at the 30-year old Filipino Cultural Center, the White House Initiative on AAPIs Regional Interagency Work Group community, convening in Overland, Kansas, gathered over 40 individuals representing immigrant communities from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

Get Involved

USCIS – Spanish Language Enlace Session
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct a national Spanish language Enlace session as part of an ongoing series of public engagements. This free session is an opportunity for Spanish speakers to engage with us in their own language.

 

Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
What: During the Enlace, we will provide agency updates, discuss immigration-related topics and answer your questions.
When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM(Eastern)
Where: Online webinar/teleconference
To RSVP: The event will be broadcast live from USCIS Headquarters and you can participate by:

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President Barack Hussein Obama’s Daily Guidance And Week Ahead Schedule


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – November 25, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 25th, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

In the morning, the President will travel from Seattle, Washington to San Francisco, California. The departure from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the arrival at San Francisco International Airport are open press.

 

While in San Francisco, the President will deliver remarks at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center on the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the afternoon, the President will attend two events for the DNC. The first event will be pooled press and the second is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will depart San Francisco en route Los Angeles. The departure from San Francisco International Airport and the arrival at Los Angeles International Airport are open press.

 

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at two joint events for the DSCC and DCCC. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

 

The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

 

Monday, November 25 2013 All Times ET

 

8:50 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Seattle, WA, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT arrives San Francisco, CA,San Francisco International Airport.

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on immigration reform, Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center.

 

1:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a DNC event, San Francisco Jazz Center.

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT attends a DNC event, Private Residence, San Francisco, CA.

 

3:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs San Francisco, CA, San Francisco International Airport.

 

4:35 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles International Airport.

 

7:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a DCCC/DSCC joint event, Private Residence, Beverly Hills, CA.

 

8:20 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC/DSCC joint event, Private Residence, Beverly Hills, CA.

 

11:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC/DSCC joint event at a private residence, Beverly Hills, CA.

 

 

Briefing Schedule

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route San Francisco

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of November 24th, – 29th, 2013

 

On Monday, the President will travel to San Francisco for an event on immigration at the Betty Ann Ong ChineseRecreation Center as well as an event for the DNC. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California where he will take part in two DCCC/DSCC events. The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

 

On Tuesday, the President will attend an event for the DNC followed by an event on the economy at Dreamworks Animation. The President will return to Washington, DC on Tuesday night.

 

On Wednesday, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. There are no public events scheduled.

 

On Friday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

 

Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program

 

 

From Ms. Lynn Sweet:

 

Vice President Biden, Attorney General Holder in Chicago today

 

WASHINGTON–Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday for a fundraiser and two other events while Attorney General Eric Holder comes in for a ceremonial swearing-in for new U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon.

 

Biden headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Senate Democrats and a groundbreaking with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a new domestic violence shelter in the city and an off-the-record session with students at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, founded by President Barack Obama strategist David Axelrod.

 

The fundraiser will be at Mastro’s Restaurant, 521 N. Dearborn, with Emanuel and Sen. Joe Donnelly D-Ind. featured speakers along with Biden, according to an invitation.

 

Holder comes in for the afternoon Fardon ceremony where he will be joined by Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill.

 

Thank you Ms. Sweet.

 

Speeches and Remarks - November 25, 2013

 

Remarks by the President at DCCC Event — Seattle, WA

 

 

Statements and Releases - November 25, 2013

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Afghanistan

 

 

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 09:  Sybrina Fulton (3rd from L) and Tracy Martin (4th from L) raise their hands in prayer during the "March for Peace" at Ives Estate Park in honor of their late son, Trayvon Martin, on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Sybrina Fulton (3rd from L) and Tracy Martin (4th from L) raise their hands in prayer during the “March for Peace” at Ives Estate Park in honor of their late son, Trayvon Martin, on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 09:  People stand together during the "March for Peace" at Ives Estate Park in honor of the late Trayvon Martin on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: People stand together during the “March for Peace” at Ives Estate Park in honor of the late Trayvon Martin on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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White House Week Ahead – November 25th, – 29th, 2013


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Schedule for the Week of November 24, 2013

 

On Monday, the President will travel to San Francisco for an event on immigration at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center as well as an event for the DNC. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California where he will take part in two DCCC/DSCC events. The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

 

On Tuesday, the President will attend an event for the DNC followed by an event on the economy at Dreamworks Animation. The President will return to Washington, DC on Tuesday night.

 

On Wednesday, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. There are no public events scheduled.

 

On Friday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

 

Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program

 

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